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antepenult

[ an-tee-pee-nuhlt, -pi-nuhlt ]
/ ˌæn tiˈpi nʌlt, -pɪˈnʌlt /
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noun
the third syllable from the end in a word, as te in antepenult.
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Origin of antepenult

1575–85; <Latin (syllaba) antepaenultima the second (syllable) from the last, feminine of antepaenultimus standing before the penult. See ante-, penult

OTHER WORDS FROM antepenult

pre·an·te·pe·nult, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for antepenult

antepenult
/ (ˌæntɪpɪˈnʌlt) /

noun
the third last syllable in a word

Word Origin for antepenult

C16: shortened from Latin (syllaba) antepaenultima; see ante-, penult
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